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Think Fathers

Think Fathers

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Fathers matter a great deal to children; they play a significant role within the family, whether or not they are resident, and increasingly want to be fully involved in their children’s upbringing. Despite this, many children and family services are still predominantly mother-focused and often struggle to engage with fathers as a result. Services need to look at how they can change this or they will fail to meet the needs of children and families.

The ‘Dad Test Guide’ aims to help health, family and children’s services, schools and third sector agencies identify how they can engage more effectively with fathers. It explains why supporting father involvement is crucial to the well-being and educational development of children. It also contains a simple ‘Dad Test’ to

help managers and practitioners start to assess how father-inclusive their service is, with ideas for small changes they can make to meet the needs of both parents more effectively.

All of us know mothers are important. What’s less well understood is that when dads are positively involved, children do better in all sorts of ways. Find out how by downloading the Why dads matter’ five-minute digests.

Five-minute guide 01 – Dads during pregnancy and birth

Five-minute guide 02 – Dads in the early years

Five-minute guide 03 – Dads in the school years

Five-minute guide 04 – Dads and older children

Five-minute guide 05 – Different types of dads

The Fatherhood Institute, in collaboration with Men Care, has produced a series of factsheets about engaging with fathers. Factsheets look at the evidence behind the need for greater engagement, and practice tips on how to involve them more. Click here The Fatherhood Institute 

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